The Tidewell Foundation unveiled and dedicated an art installation sourced from Sarasota National Cemetery’s Patriot Plaza at a special event called “A Monument to our Patriots” on Thursday, March 24, 2022, at the Tidewell Foundation’s administration building in Sarasota.
The Patterson Foundation recently donated the glass monument that once stood at Patriot Plaza, the 2,800-seat ceremonial amphitheater at Sarasota National Cemetery, to the Tidewell Foundation and the Tidewell Honors Veterans Program. Thursday’s event also featured the presentation of colors and singing of “The Star Spangled Banner” by students from Sarasota Military Academy, along with a Tidewell Honors Veterans pinning ceremony to recognize the veterans in attendance. Since its inception in 2008, the Tidewell Honors Veterans Program has served more than 21,000 veterans in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties, providing specialized care that recognizes the unique challenges that may exist in military families. The Tidewell Honors Veterans program is one of 25 hospices, and one of two in Florida, to achieve Level 5 certification in the national We Honor Veterans Program.